How to Help for Nov. 17, 2012

Nov. 23 — American Red Cross Blood Drive

Community members and the Elks Lodge will sponsor a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Hood River, at Third and Cascade streets. Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. In most states, donors must be age 17 or older. Some states allow donation by 16-year-olds with a signed parental consent form. Additional eligibility criteria apply. To schedule an appointment or for more information visit www.redcrossblood.org (sponsor code hoodriver) or call Margo Parker at 541-387-3669.

Through Dec. 19 — “Share the Warmth” coat and blanket drive

Four Windermere Real Estate offices in the Gorge are again hosting Windermere’s “Share the Warmth” coat and blanket drive. Now through Dec. 19, community members can bring blankets and new or gently used, laundered coats (for adults and children) to any of the following Windermere/Glenn Taylor Real Estate offices. Donation drop-off hours are listed below. Local nonprofit organizations will distribute donated items to those in need.

n Hood River — 504 Cascade Ave., 541-386-3444, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

n The Dalles — 207 W. Third St., 541-298-4451, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

n Bingen, Wash. (also collecting hats and gloves) — 900 W. Steuben, 509-493-4666, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

n Stevenson, Wash. (also collecting hats and gloves) — 220 S.W. Second St., 509-427-2777, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Through Dec. 21 — HR County Christmas Project

Collecting and delivering food and gifts to 2,127 children, women and men in Hood River County last year required a coordinated effort from many volunteers. Individuals may help in several important ways by:

n Contributing checks to the Christmas Project to help purchase food and gifts: Checks may be mailed to P.O. Box 872, Hood River, OR 97031. All donations are tax-deductible and letters will be mailed to donors.

n Donating non-perishable food items for the Christmas food boxes. See the list of locations for drop boxes below.

n Donating new toys and teen-appropriate items for the children’s gift baskets.

n Volunteering to help pack or deliver items. Coordinated by Kym Zanmiller, the project needs between 200 and 300 volunteers; now, for registration, and particularly during the Dec. 15-21 packing and distribution period.

For more information on how to get involved or sponsor a needy family, call Zanmiller at 541-399-6606 or visit www.hoodrivercoun-tychristmasproject.com for more information.

During November and December, the following businesses will have food and toy collection barrels where you may drop off items:

Alder Creek Kayak

Bambinos International Learning Center

CenterPointe Bank

Children’s Play Place

Columbia State Bank

Curves

Hood River Fire Dept.

Hood River Middle School

Hood River News

Hood River Sports Club

Horizon Christian

Insitu

May Street Elementary

Melika

Naked Winery

Orchard Lanes

Print It/Sign Media

Rosauers

Walmart

Washington Federal Savings

Westside Elementary

Wy’east Middle School

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Parkdale third graders sing "12 Disaster Days of Christmas"

Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge



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